Namibian musicians have expressed anger with Kora awards, saying that they would not be involved again even if they are nominated.
The Kora awards for 2017 are being advertised on Facebook where names of people who should be nominated are also being published.
Last year, the Kora organisers failed to hold the awards ceremony in Windhoek after they had been paid more than N$20 million by the government.
The money that was paid by the Namibia Tourism Board was for promoting the country as a tourist destination.
Namibia’s only Kora award winner The Dogg, whose name popped up last week as a possible nominee if voted, said he can only participate if the organisers pay him the N$200 000 award money they owe him from 2013.
The Dogg won the best Southern African Male category award in 2013 for his song Deception.
His name was put up alongside that of Zambia’s Mampi, Zimbabwe’s Jah Prayzah, South Africa’s Mi Casa, Angolans C4 Pedro, Bruna Tatiana and Anselmo Ralph.
After failing to travel to Ivory Coast where the Kora were held at the time, The Dogg was later given the trophy minus the money in Windhoek by the Kora founder Ernest Adjovi.
“If I see the money they owe me from the other award, I will perform,” he said this week.
He also said if they want to use his name as a nominee, they must also first pay the award money they owe him.
Gospel musician D-Naff who was a member of the Kora organizing committee in Namibia said that he can only participate in any Kora award event if they pay back the money they took from the government.
He described the Kora organisers conduct as a direct attack to the artists and the country.
“He broke our trust. I felt very much used. I cannot be nominated for any award until their house is fixed.
“If they nominate me, I will ask them to remove my name until they bring back the money,” he said.
Erma Chimu said although the Kora is such a great platform, she has lost all respect because of what the organisers did.
Namibia had already paid the organisers more than N$20 million in promotional fees when the event failed to materialize.
The Namibia Tourism Board that was working with the Kora organisers as well as the tourism ministry has since approached the court to get the money back.
Adjovi, who is notorious for conning governments from South Africa to Nigeria, has not been heard from since last year when the awards failed to take off.
There was no word as to whether he had postponed the awards just as he had done before when there was no money or they would happen ever.
The rumour mill was abuzz this week though that Adjovi could be bringing back the awards to Windhoek. This was, however, not confirmed.